(Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister): Mr. Speaker, hon. members will, I am sure, have heard with deep regret the news of the assassination of Mr. Gandhi.
By all who believe in the democratic way of life, assassination has always been regarded as a most reprehensible crime. It is even more to be deplored when, at a troubled time in the world, it ends with violence a life which above all else has emphasized the avoidance of violence.
Upon receiving word of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination this morning I immediately sent the following message to our high commissioner for India to be transmitted to the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Nehru:
I desire to express to you, and through you to the government and people of India, the profound regret with which the news of the tragic death of Mahatma Gandhi has been received in Canada. It is particularly shocking that a life so selflessly devoted to the avoidance of violence should have been brought to its close by an act of violence. It is to be hoped that the principle of non-violence for which Gandhi stood will gain renewed strength as a result of his assassination.
May I add, Mr. Prime Minister, the expression of my profound sympathy with yourself and with the people of India at this time.
W. L. Mackenzie King
Prime Minister of Canada.